Good news for amalgamated Norwich primary school after first Ofsted inspection

Tuckswood Primary was told it is making reasonable progress towards the removal of serious weaknesse

Tuckswood Primary was told it is making reasonable progress towards the removal of serious weaknesses designation" - Credit: Archant

A Norwich primary school has been graded 'good' following its first inspection since it was created by the amalgamation of an infant and junior school.

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, in Jessopp Road, opened on the site of St Thomas More Catholic Junior School site in September 2013 after it merged with St John's Catholic Infant School.

The infant school was previously judged 'outstanding', and the junior school 'good'.

The new school's Ofsted report, which followed an inspection on December 3-4, said: 'Leaders have successfully ensured that teaching and pupils' achievement is at least good, while amalgamating the school. They have ensured the outstanding provision in the early years.

'Leaders unify staff in a common sense of purpose, reflected by the very positive response from the questionnaires submitted by staff.'

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The inspection team, led by Vivienne McTiffen, gave the school the top 'outstanding' rating for its early years provision.

The school has 460 pupils, and the report said children behave well and enjoy school, which was reflected in their above-average attendance, and added that children said bullying was rare, and had 'reduced greatly since the two schools became one'.

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The report also praised the achievement of pupils, who it said make a 'flying start' in reception, and, by the end of their time at the school, standards were 'well above average'.

The inspectors said the school did not yet have the top 'outstanding' rating because teachers do not always motivate pupils to do their very best, or help them to understand how to improve, adding that sometimes pupils do not have enough time to use new skills. The report also said the teaching of spelling is not consistent, and leaders do not always focus on pupils' learning when they check the quality of teaching.

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